“Today the government, this time via Congress, again told Americans they must ‘conform or pay a price’ when it comes to their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. While we are disappointed at the outcome of today’s vote, we are not entirely surprised, given the makeup of the U.S. Senate.
“This vote was the culmination of the ongoing, national outcry against the President’s health care law and HHS mandate. Americans are speaking out because they understand they should not be forced to fight to protect what the Constitution already grants them under the First Amendment – their religious freedom. But fight they will.
“We will continue to stand alongside the millions of Americans who believe the government should not force individuals or groups to pay for services in health insurance that violate their religious or moral beliefs.”